Across the nation, the defenders of the educational status quo continue to push back on reform efforts. One of their loudest arguments is that school choice and charter schools are somehow a ploy to help someone “get rich.” No, to those status quoers, it isn’t about kids.
Forget that most charter schools are run by not-for-profit organizations. Forget that for-profit charters are illegal in many states. Forget that philanthropic supports for school choice are but a fraction of what a given school district or state is paying for public education in a given community. We want to believe in ghosts, things that go bump in the night, and that schools of choice must be some sinister ploy of self interest.
Perhaps the best response to this “profiteering” line comes from Democratic consultant extraordinaire James Carville. As quoted in the new movie The Experiment and highlighted in Alexander Russo’s This Week in Education blog, Carville stated:
“The idea that the schools here in Orleans Parish are some kind of result of some scheming people on Wall Street you know, trying to get 40 percent returns is just ludicrous. I just don’t buy it.”
No truer words have been spoken with regard to the misguided charges of profiteering. It is just ludicrous. And it disrespects those families and those kids who are looking for better options and better educations.